U.S. service members and veterans graduating May 6-8 at Penn State campuses will don, for the first time, military honor cords with their caps and gowns. The cords will be worn by undergraduate and graduate students who have honorably served, are serving or are commissioned to serve in the U.S. military. The military honor cords program was implemented to recognize students’ service to their country as well as their academic achievements.
In March 1944, college and universities across the United States began preparing for a flood of admissions applications from servicemen returning from the Second World War. To help house this avalanche of students, Penn State transported army-surplus buildings to campus and rented them to married and single student veterans who were returning to finish an interrupted education or taking advantage of the new Servicemen's Readjustment Act (better known as the GI Bill of Rights).
Memorial Day at Penn State is an appropriate time to reflect on those members of the University community who made the supreme sacrifice in military service to their country. The University Park campus holds a number of landmarks that commemorate those heroes.
Penn State's Senior Class Gift Committee announced Nov. 2 that the class of 2011 has chosen its gift to the University: The Lt. Michael P. Murphy/Penn State Veterans Plaza. Seniors so far have pledged more than $34,000 to the campaign, which will create a plaza that honors Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a 1998 graduate of the University and the only Penn State alumnus to earn the Medal of Honor, and all other Penn State veterans.